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Zhuangzi and Tactile Sensation

In New York in October 2005, a seminar on arts education for the visually impaired was held.

The main theme of the seminar is to explore the subjects of arts education for the blind, including how blind people can appreciate art, how the blind can use other senses to engage in creative work, and how to find the deeper level of awareness when the blind interact with the art.

The main purpose of the seminar is to restore the tactile sensation that had already been overlooked for a long time.

From my traveling experiences, I found that some famous museums in this world, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Denver Art Museum, are beginning to focus on the tactile exploration of art, so that the sighted or visually impaired can use the tactile sensation to increase the understanding of the art image.

These museums try to reach the goals of “access of all” and “universal learning”. The use of tactile awareness of art is a trend of a global dimension.

However, according to my observation, it seems that tactile sensation is only used in the contemporary art museum, such as the Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

A marvelous example is the Tate Modern in London. In this gallery, the organic glass (Perspex) is used to reshape the work of Picasso.

In this way, the blind people not only get an understanding of the work structure but also catch the spirit of the notion of modernism in art.

This kind of multi-sensory experience triggers my reading memory about the Zhuangzi saying: If the movements of my hand are neither (too) gentle nor (too) violent, the idea in my mind is realized. (Thien Tao, or ‘The Way of Heaven’)

At the same time, there is an idea about exploring the sensory function of “super-additive”. In other words, when the brain accepts a single sensory stimulus, it is unable to produce the full effect of cognition; therefore, if two or more sensory messages stimulate the brain at the same time, the brain can then produce more specific cognition about the object.

In short, we can employ different perceptions to explore the multifaceted fantastic world.



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Poetic Mindfulness

Poetic Mindfulness

slow down my brain, breathe deeply, foster present-moment awareness, keep an open and friendly mind to appreciate what is going on in and around me.